Year 9 Electives

Humanities

choose ONE STREAM

Students in Year 9 are able to choose one area of the Humanities to study in greater depth. The subject of the stream they choose will be studied for a full semester, with shorter units of the other subjects offered in the other semester, as per the table below.

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Year 9 | Economics Stream

OVERVIEW

Money Makes The World Go Round is a semester length unit essentially on money. Or is it? Students are introduced to the concept of an economy and explore economics on three levels.

Firstly, what does economics mean to me? What is a budget, credit, investments and shares? Students look at ways to manage personal finance and how to avoid ‘credit-stress’ we have a good look at where Rebecca Bloomwood went wrong in ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic!’ We explore the share market and investments and participate in the ASX Share market game. Secondly, we look at what is involved in the Australian economy. How does the government spend its money and where do they get it from? Students look at the role of business in our Australian economy and also the responsibilities of social welfare. Finally, we explore what it means for Australia to be part of the Asia region and global economy. We consider the interdependence and responsibilities of participants in the global economy, including the implications of decisions made by individuals, businesses and governments. We consider how we see our nation as part of the global world and how globalisation impacts our decision making. The impact of our decisions on workers in other nations is also investigated.

The Geography and History units studied in the other semester of the Economics stream complement the Economic topics. The Geography unit focuses on the ways food is grown and accessed around the world, and how we are globally interconnected through food. The History unit focuses on key events in the making of the modern Australian nation between 1750 and 1918.

ASSESSMENT

Unit Assessments could include:

  • Test

  • Media File

  • Research Task

  • Document Analysis Tasks (History)

  • Mapping and Data Tasks (Geography)

 
 

 
 
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Year 9 | Geography Stream

OVERVIEW

In Year 9 Geography we investigate the ways we are connected to places, and the ways we are interconnected on a global scale. This involves analysing maps, data, videos, and other information about topics such as the clothing industry, social media, sport and world leaders. We also study the different zones of the world known as Biomes, and consider how we can access and grow food within different biomes. We investigate where our food comes from, food waste and food insecurity, and create solutions to these significant global issues. We conduct research out in the field at a local shopping precinct.

The Economics and History units studied in the other semester of the Geography stream complement the Geographic topics. The Economics unit focuses on the concept of economy and on managing personal finances. The History unit focuses on key events in the making of the modern Australian nation between 1750 and 1918.

ASSESSMENT

Unit Assessments could include:

  • Fieldwork Activity

  • Mapping and Data Tasks

  • Research Task

  • Document Analysis Tasks (History)

  • Financial Literacy tasks (Economics)
     

 
 

 
 
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Year 9 | History Stream

overview

The Year 9 History curriculum provides a study of the making of the modern world from 1750 to 1918, which was an era of nationalism and imperialism. The colonisation of Australia was part of the expansion of European power.

The period culminated in World War I (1914-1918), the ‘War to end all wars’. The History content at this year level comprises two strands: Historical Concepts and Skills and Historical Knowledge. Topics studied include: Movement of peoples from 1750-1901 and their experiences as convicts or free settlers and the making of the Australian nation. Students conclude the unit by investigating key aspects of World War I and Australia’s involvement, both on the battlefield and the homefront.

The Economics and Geography units studied in the other semester of the History stream complement the History topics. The Economics unit focuses on the concept of economy and on managing personal finances. The Geography unit focuses on the ways food is grown and accessed around the world, and how we are globally interconnected through food.

 

ASSESSMENT

Unit Assessments could include:

  • Document Analysis

  • Essay

  • Research Task

  • Unit Test

  • Financial Literacy tasks (Economics)

  • Mapping and Data Tasks (Geography)